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Netflix to lose ‘The Office’ to NBCU

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s forthcoming streaming service will become home to the US version of The Office (pictured) in America, after the company grappled the show back from existing rights holders Netflix. The Office is widely believed to be one of Netflix’s most popular series but the streamer was unable to hang onto rights following an auction […]

Sky to double down on originals under in-house Studios banner

Sky is to double down on investment in originals under new production banner Sky Studios.  The Comcast-backed, Europe-wide development and production outfit plans to double its investment in programming over the next five years. Sky Studios will create new productions for Sky channels, NBC broadcast and cable channels and Universal Pictures, as well as for […]

TBI Weekly: ‘Chernobyl’ is astonishing, but what’s next for HBO? (Column)

As HBO rolls out hit dramas such as Chernobyl that carry the signature marks of outgoing drama execs like Kary Antholis, TBI asks whether the WarnerMedia-owned cable channel can keep such high standards up for its SVOD-focused future.  To whomever leapt upon the Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb) obscure TV ratings system to make a point for the […]

Discovery hires Sky exec to lead EMEA, APAC corporate development

Discovery has hired Sky executive Anil Jhingan as its corporate development chief for the EMEA and APAC regions, responsible for deal-making, partnerships and investments. Jhingan joins Discovery having played key roles in high-profile Sky deals, including its acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, as well as its recent public takeover. He joins Discovery with […]

Sky explores Rome’s origins in ITVS GE-distributed ‘Romulus’

Sky Italia’s latest original drama, Romulus, will tell the origin story of Rome. Produced by Sky, ITV Studios-backed Gomorrah producer Cattleya and Groenlandia, the 10-part series will be directed Matteo Rovere and premiere on the Italian pay-TV channel. Set in eighth-century BC, Romulus details the city’s origins through elaborate settings, with two entire cities reconstructed […]

TBI Weekly: Global buyers react to “mind-blowing” Disney might

US studios have reassured global buyers that it is “business as usual” out of Los Angeles despite their international SVOD plans, while Disney has wowed global execs with a bolstered showcase. The distribution arms of studios, including CBS Studios International, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution and Disney Global Content Sales and Distribution, have taken pains […]

‘Gentleman Jack’, ‘Riviera’ and ‘The A Word’ win recommissions

Three high profile British dramas — Gentleman Jack, Riviera and The A Word — have won series renewals. Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack has been recommissioned for a second series – less than a week after the first episode aired on BBC One. The BBC said the first episode was the most successful launch for a new BBC […]

COBA boss: SVOD dominance has been “exaggerated”

The significance of SVODs has been “exaggerated” by the UK press and government, claimed Adam Minns, executive director of the Commercial Broadcasting Association (CoBA), to Lords at a parliamentary evidence session. Minns was speaking as part of an evidence session on Tuesday (14 May), led by the House of Lords Communications Committee as it continues […]

HBO readies two-hour ‘Game Of Thrones’ documentary

HBO is readying a two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes on the final series of Game Of Thrones.  The WarnerMedia-owned channel released a 70-second trailer for the doc on Monday (13 May), teasing an air date of 26 May — a week on from next Sunday’s highly anticipated series finale. The 115-minute film — whose […]

TBI Weekly: Is Netflix killing off nuanced drama? (Column)

As SVODs increasingly rely on punchy dramas to draw eyeballs and differentiate their offerings, some producers and writers are concerned that slow-burning stories are an increasingly rare commodity. As Netflix UK goes in search of ‘hooky’ dramas for their platform, TBI asks whether nuanced scripted fare is an endangered offering in the new TV landscape.  […]

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